Sketching to Breathe

For me, sketching is more than capturing a realistic or pretty picture or something for others to enjoy and comment. It’s a series of moments where so many things unfold. I slow down and I really notice the world in front of me - the shadows, bright spots, colours, shapes, rooftops, the arched windows and alongside... Continue Reading →

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I have found a new love for September, the transition from summer to autumn, the colours and the coolness of the air whilst the sun still streams, it really is nature at it's best. With sketching, it's not about the end result but the process of just putting pen to paper and being in the... Continue Reading →

Goodbye Home!

This month has been crazy busy as we are moving home! And at the moment we are surrounded by boxes upon boxes of stuff! A few of these boxes are all my art supplies. I didn't realise the amount of art materials I have gathered over the years - brushes, ink, sketchbooks (most empty!), pencils,... Continue Reading →

Sketching from Photos

I love Urban Sketching because being outside in the environment and capturing scenes in your sketchbook is a sensory heaven. But this also means I have millions of excuses not to sketch such as having the kids around me (they never let me sketch!), not having the time and as this excuse list is never-ending... Continue Reading →

Sketching Break!

Life has been so busy with a house move, stressful job, crazy kids and a never ending to-do list that my sketching attempts have been completely abandoned. I wish I could sketch daily but for some reason it is just not happening. So, I am allowing myself to have a break, enjoy the pause and... Continue Reading →

Sketching Small

February has been pretty cold here in London and so I've not really ventured out to sketch. Instead, I have embraced sketching small and the everyday items around me. This month, I have also been reading some fantastic books by established and amazing Urban Sketchers. If you are new to Urban Sketching or want to... Continue Reading →

Merry Christmas

I love Christmas and this year our Christmas Tree has been extra special. Over the years, our tree has grown with all the little crafty baubles and decorations made by our lovely children and it feels extra special to see them hanging from our tree. So, I just had to sketch our tree for 2017... Continue Reading →

Sketching in Coffee Shops

This month I've been hiding away from the cold and keeping warm by sketching people in coffee shops. I also attempted a self- portrait in my hat and scarf! I've particularly enjoyed sketching with my new Lamy Joy pen which is the closest fountain pen to a dip pen. The Lamy Joy pen has great... Continue Reading →

Sketching in Portugal

    This month, we embarked on a family holiday abroad and of course I took my sketchbook with me!! I've really enjoyed sketching on holiday for so many reasons, here are a few of them: Sketching smaller elements of a bigger picture meant I could get my sketchbook out frequently as I wasn't overwhelmed... Continue Reading →

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